The next review for Outlawed Jerky will focus on a 2 ounce/56 gram bag of their Sesame Ginger flavored beef jerky. Note that this flavor is no longer available. It has since been renamed to just a Sesame flavor, the recipe has been tweaked, and the cost has been reduced. This bag was kindly submitted for review by one of the co-owners, Chris Gilch.
This Outlawed Jerky brand name is distributed by Outlawed Jerky Co. LLC, and are located in White Plains, New York. The owners Chris and Jeff Gilch are cousins, who had a love for beef jerky and the outdoors. Their homemade jerky soon became a hit with family and friends. In 2012, they officially launched this Outlawed Jerky brand name. Since then, a lot of work has been put into their jerky, where it has unofficially been relaunched in 2016.
The beef used is ethically raised, meaning it is guaranteed to be free of growth hormones and additional antibiotics. Also, the cattle have free range access being pasture raised, and then finished with grains. As a result, the highest ingredient rating that can be awarded is a Very Good (9/10) rating.
The only liquid marinade used is a very good local based shoyu soy sauce from New York. They blind taste tested 8 brands of soy sauce, and this Wan ja shan brand was the winner. It is also technically gluten free, containing below 5 parts per million (ppm).
Some people consider ginger to be in the superfood category, most well known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Sesame is another very healthy ingredient, high in vitamins, minerals, and natural oils.
The sugar level is 6 grams of sugar per 57 grams of jerky, which is at an acceptable limit. The salt level is 680mg of salt per 57 grams of jerky, which is also at an acceptable limit.
These strips of jerky are small to medium in size, and have a medium thickness. The texture is sort of dry, and fairly easy to chew. There are no signs of fat, and handling this jerky leaves a slightly oily residue on your fingers.
Easily the first flavor detected is a strong soy flavor, which tends to overpower the other flavors. Only a light flavor of sesame is present, and not consistent from bite to bite. At light levels are the tastes of garlic, black pepper, onion, and sweetness.
The ginger flavor itself is faint tasting. There is some natural beef flavor, but it tends to get dominated by the soy. A hint of spiciness is present, albeit not consistently. Overall, it’s an enjoyable flavor, but missing a bit too much on the advertised flavors of sesame and ginger.
Three 2 ounce/57 gram bags sell online for $14.00. That works out to $2.33 an ounce, which rates as a borderline average price. Based on price and ingredient perspectives, this flavor certainly would have been recommended. With a new tweaked recipe that now includes sesame oil in addition to sesame seeds, we are confident that the new and improved Sesame flavor is worth your money.
This resealable plastic bag has everything imprinted on the bag itself, both on the front and back. Unusually, this label is printed lengthwise instead of heightwise.
There are no slogans printed on this bag. Some facts printed on this bag are “Handcrafted in Small Batches”, “Premium Beef & Spices”, “No Nitrates or Preservatives”, “Whole Muscle Cut”, and “Made With Bold Flavors”. A USA flag is displayed indicating that this jerky is made in the USA.
There are some bag categories missing such as a transparent window to view the jerky, no best before date, the jerky weight not stated in grams, and no blurb printed about the flavor or jerky. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram images are displayed to indicate that they are on social media.
Order their jerky online: www.outlawedjerky.com